“He’s Matured As A Coach”

June 14th, 2013

Joe knows he’s got young readers who don’t realize that Bucs pass rush coach Bryan Cox was a ferocious beast of a player in his day.

Not only was Cox a phenomenal three-time Pro Bowl linebacker for Don Shula in Miami, he went on to be a key cog for Bill Parcells with the Jets’ run to the AFC title game in 1998, and he made plays for Bill Belicheat in 2001, including in the Patriots’ Super Bowl win that season.

Cox has soaked up plenty from legendary coaches, and Joe thinks Cox brings a world of credibility and real experience to the Bucs’ defensive front-7. Cox also is a straight shooter, so Joe was pleased to hear him say Greg Schiano will be among the improved pieces of the Bucs in 2013.

“He’s matured as a coach,” Cox said this week. “Some things that if you were to ask him, some things that he did last year, he’d say, ‘ok, we’d like to make these changes to make things a little bit better.’ So you see growth and you see maturity. And it’s a little easier the second time around once you gained a little experience.

Cox said Schiano’s discipline and focus has clearly penetrated the Buccaneers. As examples, Cox cited getting the most out of Vincent Jackson and Gerald McCoy (interesting) to players putting in time with community service.

Joe considers Schiano’s development as a major yet unspoken X factor of 2013. Can he outcoach Mike Smith and Sean Peyton? Can he be a great game manager? Those are big questions.

6 Responses to ““He’s Matured As A Coach””

  1. Biff Barker Says:

    Schiano’s biggest weakness is game and clock management.
    His recent comment about the head coach “stepping back and watching what’s going on” is telling.
    Good guy who is willing to practice what he preaches about continuous improvement.

  2. BucDan Says:

    This is great news. I’ve never played under Coach Schiano, but I remember my great coaches growing up and they were the ones that pushed you. They were the ones that some teammates hated and cursed because they wanted the players to strive for more. Push harder. Practice harder.

    Almost like a parent, you hate them at times, but know that in the end, they had the right idea.

    Schiano proved himself in the Meadowlands and in Denver last year when there was time on the clock and we were down by less than a score. Never give up.

    That’s my kind of coach.

  3. Buc-n-Junkie Says:

    Using a little Dennis Green hilarious ranting,

    Schiano is who we thought he was! And that’s why we hired the damn coach. If you want to crown him, then crown his ass! But he still is who we thought he was, and we can’t let ‘em off the hook! .. 🙂

  4. Macabee Says:

    And I don’t know if anyone has noticed, but he has gotten fitter. Looks like he’s lost 10lbs or so. Good Job, coach!

  5. Sneedy16 Says:


    It’s that florida sun. He is from Jersey so the heat melting the fat off.

  6. scubog Says:

    Coach Schiano strikes me as a guy who is more demanding of himself than he is his players. There were two directions for him to go as he entered his second season in the NFL. 1) To think he now knows it all now or 2) To realize what he didn’t know then. From what we read I believe he has taken path # 2.